House Speaker Paul Ryan and Hillary Clinton on Friday condemned Donald Trump’s racially tinged attacks on a judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University.
The comments come as Trump has escalated his attacks against U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who last week ordered parts of internal documents, including “playbooks” regarding running the enterprise, to be released as part of a lawsuit against Trump University. The documents were released in response to a request by The Washington Post.
Ryan’s criticism — coming one day after he endorsed his party’s presumptive presidential nominee — came unprompted during an interview on a Wisconsin radio station.
“Look, the comment about the judge, just was out of left field for my mind,” Ryan said on WISN in Milwaukee. “It’s reasoning I don’t relate to, I completely disagree with the thinking behind that.”
And then Ryan issued a warning to Trump that he will speak out when he feels he needs to.
“So, he clearly says and does things I don’t agree with and I’ve had to speak up on time to time when that has occurred and I’ll continue to do that if that’s necessary — I hope it’s not,” Ryan said.
A top Republican official said Friday night that Trump’s comments on Curiel are making huge waves in the party. “Awful,” the official said. “We are all beside ourselves.”
The official went on to say, “You have to feel for Paul Ryan,” who had just announced his support for Trump before the billionaire told The Wall Street Journal Thursday night that Curiel had a conflict of interest due to his heritage. A Trump official told CNN, “It’s no reason to celebrate, (but) no reason to panic,” an indication there is concern inside the campaign but they don’t believe it’s damaging long-term.
Another campaign adviser laughed when asked if Trump campaign officials can talk to the candidate about watching what he says. Friday night, Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake condemned Trump’s rhetoric on Curiel.
“.@realDonaldTrump’s comments were ignorant, offensive & suggest a troubling disregard for the separation of powers,” Flake tweeted.